Artist led conversation: Facing Death Creatively

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 CBell Discuss perceptions of mortality with artist Catherine Bell

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Thursday 03 December 2020 06:00 pm until Thursday 03 December 2020 07:30 pm (Add to calendar)
La Trobe Art Institute
5444 7272;
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La Trobe Art Institute
Type of Event:
Community Event; Public Lecture
no charge

Artist Catherine Bell has adapted her Facing Death Creatively workshop for La Trobe Art Institute’s current exhibition One foot on the ground, one foot in the water.

Ordinarily, the workshop utilises craft materials and is followed by the sharing of stories. This time, Catherine invites participants to register for an online conversation where she will use socially engaged processes to promote discussions about our mortality.

Register to participate, or simply come along and listen as Catherine discusses the photographs that participants have selected as depictions of their final resting places.

Following this session all attendees will be invited to email their image and reflection to Catherine. The photographs and reflections will become part of Catherine’s growing archive that accompanies the exhibited vessels.

One foot on the ground, one foot in the water is an exhibition that explores mortality as a state of transition, presenting processes of art making as a means of facing death collectively and individually. It features the work of Catherine Bell, Timothy Cook, French & Mottershead, Mabel Juli, Richard Lewer, Sara Morawetz, Michael Needham, Nell, Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri and Nawurapu Wunungmurra. The exhibition runs until 17 January 2021.

Dr Catherine Bell is a multidisciplinary artist and Associate Professor (Visual Arts), Australian Catholic University. Her research focuses on the generative potential of grief, loss and memory in a creative context. In recent times, she has located her practice within an archive and healthcare setting. Bell’s socially engaged artworks expose personal narratives by up-cycling excess or waste materials to create unique yet familiar objects of reverence and contemplation.

Image: Catherine Bell
Final resting place 2018–20
100 vessels hand-carved from floral foam, 100 digital photographs, digital photo display
installation dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
Photo: Ian Hill

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